Academic journal article Folk Music Journal

A Shrophire Lad

Academic journal article Folk Music Journal

A Shrophire Lad

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A Shrophire Lad

Fred Jordan. 2 C.D.s, VTD148CD, Veteran, 2003. [pounds sterling]16

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Perhaps uniquely, Fred Jordan was both a traditional and a revival singer whose uncompromising adherence to his stylistic roots seamlessly turned revival into tradition. These valedictory C.D.s provide comprehensive (if not exhaustive) coverage of the whole range of his repertoire, from music-hall weepie to taut balladry. At its core are the songs of shepherd and waggoner, ploughboy and harvester, which one would expect in a life-long countryman. (The 'thirty-and-three' horses in the stables mentioned in 'The Outlandish Knight' often drew from Fred an admiring comment about the size of establishment which could support them).

The recordings, cannily placed on the discs in chronological order, run from 1952 (Peter Kennedy) to 1990-91 (Ian Russell and Derek Schofield), with numerous others in between, including Fred Hamer, Mike Yates and the welcome addition of Sybil Clarke. There are forty-three songs in all, together with brief verbal comments, but a case might have been made for the inclusion of 'Break the News to Mother' (which Fred learned from his own mother), 'Tom Bowling' (apparently not often recorded from Fred) and 'When Joan's Ale was New'.

As we have come to expect from Veteran, there is a sixty-four page booklet with extensive biographical information (by Derek Schofield), song notes (by Mike Yates) and numerous photographic illustrations. …

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